For true snow enthusiasts, Jackson is often on the top of the list for "must visit destinations." The best part of a ski trip to Jackson, though, is the fact that there are actually three resorts within about an hour’s radius and each has their own distinct personalities and charms.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
As the biggest resort in the area and home to the Aerial Tram, there is about 2500 acres of inbounds skiing and one of the highest vertical drops in North America, about 4140 feet. Known for its challenging terrain of bowls, glades and chutes, perhaps the most difficult terrain is located off-piste (out of bounds), accessed by gates by experienced—and prepared—skiers and snowboarders. For a truly breathtaking experience, consider heliskiing: a helicopter will drop you and your small group onto untracked powder in one of the five mountain ranges that surround Jackson. For all of its hard-core reputation, Jackson Hole Resort also has great intermediate and beginner runs, so any level of skier can enjoy a ski holiday at the resort. After a long day of “shredding the pow,” belly up to the bar at the Mangy Moose to recount your most epic moments.
Known as the “Town Hill,” Snow King is also the oldest ski resort in Wyoming. Located in the town of Jackson, Snow King is a favorite of ski racers and is the home mountain for Bill Briggs, a ski legend who made the first descent on skis of the Grand Teton. Snow King offers night skiing (the only resort in the area to do so) and a fantastic snow tubing park (it’s just like it sounds: you sit in a giant inner tube and slide down the slopes) that is fun for everyone.
Grand Targhee Resort
Located in Alta, WY, about 75 minutes from Jackson, Grand Targhee is a diamond in the rough. Averaging more than 500 inches of snow each season, the ‘Ghee has some of the best powder skiing in the country. Intermediate skiers will love the massive, wide-open runs; expert skiers can find plenty of cliffs to huck off of and chutes to explore. Skiers of all abilities will revel in the lack of lift lines. Grand Targhee also conducts cat skiing tours (skiing accessible only by snow cat) and has a large network of cross-country and skate skiing trails. Finish up your day with a drink at the Trap Bar, a locals’ favorite at the base that often has live music.